Gas Furnace Odors

Now that the use of your furnace is in full force, have you noticed any unpleasant smells coming from your unit?  Some of these smells may be harmless to you and your furnace, but others may be dangerous and require attention immediately.  Here are a few smells and signals to look out for:

The sulfur (rotten egg) smell:

The most alarming odor you might detect coming from a gas furnace is that of rotten eggs. This comes from an additive that the manufacturers place in the gas so that it can be quickly detected when it leaks. This smell becomes present for your safety because natural gas normally does not have an odor. When this rotten egg smell starts coming from the vents, there could be a cracked heat exchanger or leak in the gas line. When first noticing this unwanted smell, shut off the furnace and open up windows. Call Poorman’s Heating and Air for help right away.

Burning (electrical fire) Smell:

Another common smell you should be warned of is a burning scent from the vents. This smell can be compared to plastic or wires catching on fire. There are several reasons why this may occur, but most likely a motor in the furnace is overheating. Call a technician for a repair and hopefully your motor and unit can be salvaged.

Moldy Smell:

The smell of must and mold often comes from an air filter that hasn’t been changed regularly. If you change your filters regularly, it could indicate that mold is developing inside the ventilation system, which may require professionals. Mold can reek havoc on your health. Call the experts to have your vents inspected for any unwanted mold.

24/7 Heating Emergencies

Even though we’ve had a somewhat mild winter thus far, that doesn’t mean that we’re going without running our furnaces. We musts remember that it’s still winter, and the worst thing that could happen would be your heater taking a permanent vacation. Not only can Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning can help protect you with your semi-annual preventative maintenance but we’re also available for emergency services in order to help keep you out of the cold.

Not only do we offer emergency service, we also offer regular maintenance and replacement services for your heating and cooling systems.  Our expert technicians are highly qualified and can replace anything from the entire system, to just certain parts and pieces.

We understand the importance of a furnace (especially during Indiana winters!). We also understand that unfortunately emergencies occur, and thankfully we’re there with our 24/7 responsive services.  Poorman’s has your residential or commercial property covered if your furnace or air conditioner were to functioning. With our trained HVAC technicians on call at all times and scheduling also available online, you’re never more than a phone call or click away.



Keep our number in your phone in the case of emergency, it can’t hurt! You can find it, along with our address and email addresses, on our contact page. Thanks for considering Steve’s for all of your HVAC needs.

Saving Energy this December

The weather has finally shifted and now it’s time to crank up your heat! But WAIT! If you’re planning on traveling this holiday season make sure you take some extra time to downgrade the energy use in your home.  Being energy conscious while you’re away is incredibly easy and can help save you extra money on your bill!

Save energy now, here’s how:

  • Lowering your thermostat can help save money and energy.  It’s recommended that you lower your thermostat to 60 degrees, but it really is a preference.  Bottom line is, why have the heat set at 72 degrees if you’re not around to need it?
  • If you turn your water heater to a lower setting (Or vacation setting if available) you can save quite a bit of energy by avoiding running your heater as usual.
  • If you’re concerned with the safety of your home on top of saving energy while you’re vacationing, try purchasing some light timers.  Using timers on the inside and outside of your home can help ensure you’re not wasting energy by leaving a light on 24/7, but also can lead unwanted visitors to believe you’re still home.

If you’re in need of some assistance, call the experts at Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning (260.422.3534).  Emergency services are available 24/7.  You won’t be disappointed with Poorman’s quick response and affordable, outstanding service.

Deep Freeze Emergencies

Do the frigid temperatures have you worried about the safety of your family as well as for your home?  Below freezing temps can cause frozen pipes, leaky roofs and even broken furnaces. Lets be honest, no one wants to be the victim of a broken furnace when the wind chill is in the negative.  Here are a few quick ways to prevent a frozen disaster:


  • Make sure that your filter is clean and free of debris.
  • If you have a high efficiency furnace with termination pipes make sure snow does not block them or that they have frozen.
  • Also check both the intake and exhaust vents


  • Buy a roof rake to clear off the snow. Please ensure that you’re incredibly careful when it comes to any type of roof maintenance.
  • Check the vents in the attic to be sure they are not covered by insulation.
  • Check that your bathroom fan is vented outside the attic.


  • Pipe problems have a tendency to happen in an area that is not heated, so you have a slight advantage unless your pipes are in a room that does not include a heating vent.
  • Spray foam insulator near the cracks or doors where a cool draft is coming into the pipe area.
  • You can also buy insulation made specifically for piping to help insulate your piping.
  • Allow the water to drip when necessary. If you’re not interested in hearing the noise form the faucet, tie a piece of yarn around the tap and let it dang down into the sink.  This will allow the water to flow down the string and leave you noise free!

If you’re in need of some heating assistance, call the experts at Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning (260.422.3534).  Emergency services are available 24/7.  You won’t be disappointed with Poorman’s quick response and affordable, outstanding service.

Winter Preparation Checklist

With the winter months approaching it’s important to ensure that all your seasonal maintenance is taken care of before it’s too late! Here are a few tips for your winter preparation:

Your Monthly Maintenance Checklist

• Schedule any outdoor projects you want completed before cold temperatures

• Disconnect your yard hoses from faucets before temperatures start to freeze

• Reverse ceiling fans

• Check your attic for adequate insulation depth (minimum 6 inches)

• Adjust the timers on your yard lights for earlier dusk

• Consider changing exterior lighting if necessary

• Change your smoke detector batteries

If you’re in need of furnace maintenance, contact the professionals at Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning! We gladly accept appointments over the phone as well as online. Contact us today!

Why Should I Unhook My Hose During Winter?

When the colder months approach, it’s important to perform winterizing maintenance around the exterior of your home in order to avoid any cold weather mishaps. We’re asked often about the importance of unhooking your outside hose during the colder months–why is it important, anyway?

It’s a pretty simple answer, really! When you’re finished running your hose and turn the knob (spigot) off there’s still water trapped in a good portion of the long hose. There’s also water at the base of the spigot in anticipation of the next use. During the colder temperatures, this water can freeze, causing the water in the pipes to crack.

The crack usually occurs behind where the washer is, which is on the inside of the house. Once you turn on the hose, the water proceeds to where the crack is (on the inside of your home), pouring water into the house. By removing the hoses, there is no water that is able to enter into the pipes.

If you’ve yet to schedule your semi-annual maintenance appointment, contact us at Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning! Our top-knotch technicians are the best in the business!

Keeping Your Outdoor AC Units Leaf Free

In Indiana, we all know that raking and blowing leaves during the fall months can be quite a difficult and time consuming task. While in the midst of checking out your new blisters, do you ever stop to clear your outdoor AC unit of that leafy mess of debris? Manufacturers make covers for air-conditioning units as a way to protect them during the long, cold winter months to eliminate the buildup of leaves and other debris. Homeowners can also use a filter that wraps around the exterior of the AC unit to keep out debris during the summer months while the air conditioner is in operation.

The outdoor unit of your air conditioner contains the compressor, used to generate cooler air in the warm months. Occasionally leaves, grass, and other debris are either sucked into the unit or blown in. The accumulated debris can significantly reduce the efficiency of your air conditioning unit and dramatically raise your utility bills.

If you chose not to cover your unit, there are other ways you can prevent leaves from collecting in your air conditioning unit. Not only will it be cost effective, but also it will just take a few moments of your time. With proper preparation for the winter months, and again in the summer, the lifespan of your unit can be greatly enhanced. Try these prevention tips:

  • Rake around your unit
  • Sweep up any debris from the inside and outside of the unit
  • Purchase a unit cover
  • Purchase a year-round filter
  • Schedule your bi-annual maintenance appointment

If you’re in need of scheduling a maintenance appointment, don’t hesitate to call or schedule online: Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning! 

Pesky Fall Allergies

The fall season is upon us and that means it’s time for new seasonal allergies to rear their ugly heads.  This season can be particularly difficult for people who are sensitive to mold and ragweed pollen. But these seasonal elements aren’t the only triggers that can make symptoms worse this time of year. Farmers are finishing up their harvesting, piles of leaves are sitting stagnant and the damp air are just a few triggers that can send your allergies into a tailspin.  Here are four facts about fall allergies:

Is Hay Fever Caused From Real Hay? – Hay fever, a term from a bygone era, actually has nothing to do with hay. Instead, it’s a general term used to describe the symptoms of late summer allergies. Ragweed is a common cause of hay fever, which is also known as allergic rhinitis. The plant usually begins to pollenate in mid-August and may continue to be a problem until a hard freeze.

Enjoy Those Lingering Warm Temps – While most people enjoy Indian summer, unseasonably warm temperatures can make rhinitis symptoms last longer. Mold spores can also be released when humidity is high, or the weather is dry and windy.

Leaf Piles Are No Longer Fun – Some folks might find it difficult to keep up with raking leaves throughout the autumn. But for allergy sufferers, raking presents its own problem. It can stir agitating pollen and mold into the air, causing allergy and asthma symptoms.

School Germs…ICK! – It s not only seasonal pollen and mold that triggers allergies this time of year. Kids are often exposed to classroom irritants and allergy triggers. These can include chalk dust (Who uses chalkboards still?) and classroom pets. Students with food allergies may also be exposed to allergens in the lunch room.

Summer Attic Ventilation

Insulation in your attic is probably the furthest from your mind during the summer months, but are you aware that sealing your attic from the elements can help you year round? The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) says that in the summer, good attic ventilation and insulation is vital. By ensuring the attic is well ventilated, the extra hot air is pushed out. This will protect the roof shingles and help remove moisture. The insulation works to block the transfer of hot attic air down into your home. We also suggest adding an attic fan to help cool down your attic during the warmer months. Remember, the cooler the attic the cooler your home!

The DOE also supports the smart practice of adding insulation to the attic while allowing cool air to flow through it, even though this may sound counterintuitive. In the winter, cold outdoor air should be allowed to enter the attic so it can keep it cool and prevent ice damming. Since ice damming can cause damage to the roof that could end up turning into an expensive repair job, it’s easy to see why avoiding this is a must.

Call the experts at Poorman’s Heating and Air for the best service around the Fort Wayne area!

Have Your New HVAC System Inspected Before Moving In!

Have you been a new homeowner stuck with a less than pleasing HVAC situation during the warm summer or cold winter months? You purchased your home under the impression that everything was in working order, only to find that your HVAC system had issues.

Where do you go from here?

Unfortunately, often times a home inspector will simply turn on the furnace and A/C to see if they are working. Then, the inspector will include a disclaimer in the report that he or she does not have the expertise to evaluate the system. A prospective buyer of a home assumes that when the inspection states the HVAC system is fully functioning, this means the system was adequately inspected.

Not knowing about potential problems can be quite expensive. Not only expensive, but sometimes unsafe and hazardous.

Was the HVAC system well maintained? Did the previous owner change the filter frequently? Did the seller regulate the thermostat correctly while the house was vacant? This is particularly important for season-changes. A seller disclosure form will not inform the buyer about how the system was used, and the seller may not have to disclose this information. A licensed technician however, will have a better idea of how the equipment was used. An HVAC system inspection should also include ductwork, ventilation, A/C or furnace efficiency features, the thermostat, insulation and any humidity issues.

If you question the HVAC system in your new home, don’t hesitate to call the experts at Poorman’s Heating and Air!